Leslie Marmon Silko

A Literary Companion


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About the Book

This companion, appropriate for the lay reader and researcher alike, provides analysis of characters, plots, humor, symbols, philosophies, and classic themes from the writings and tellings of Leslie Marmon Silko, the celebrated novelist, poet, memoirist and Native American wisewoman. The text opens with an annotated chronology of Silko’s multiracial heritage, life and works, followed by a family tree of the Leslie-Marmon families that clarifies relationships of the people who fill her autobiographical musings. In the main text, 87 A-to-Z entries combine literary and cultural commentary with generous citations from primary and secondary sources and comparisons to classic and popular literature. Back matter includes a glossary of Pueblo terms and a list of 43 questions for research, writing projects, and discussion. This much-needed text will aid both scholars and casual readers interested in the work and career of the first internationally-acclaimed native woman author in the United States.

About the Author(s)

Mary Ellen Snodgrass is an award-winning author of English and Latin textbooks and reference works for 35 years. She taught at Hickory High School and Lenoir Rhyne University in North Carolina for 23 years. Her writing focuses on women’s and world literature and history and general research topics, including epidemics, the history of money, clothing, food, and dance. She lives in Hickory, North Carolina.

Bibliographic Details

Mary Ellen Snodgrass
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 411
Bibliographic Info: appendices, glossary, chronology, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2011
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4853-1
eISBN: 978-0-7864-8598-7
Imprint: McFarland
Series: McFarland Literary Companions

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments      vi
Preface      1
Introduction      3
Chronology of Silko’s Life and Works      5
Silko Genealogy      37
Leslie Marmon Silko: A Literary Companion      41
Glossary      349
Appendix A: Events in Silko’s History      357
Appendix B: Writing and Research Topics      366
Bibliography      373
Index      393

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “Highly recommended”—Choice
  • “A fascinating collection”—Midwest Book Review
  • “Excellent series of Literary Companions”—Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine